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graduate sooner. remember this rule of thumb -- >> your total education debt at graduation should be less than your annual starting salary. >> think about that for a minute. but remember, student loan debt isn't insurmountable. you can pay it back. just ask america's most famous student borrower and chief. >> look, we were lucky enough to land good jobs. but even with those great jobs that we had, we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago. think about that -- i'm the president of the united states. [ laughter ] >> see, the president can even laugh about his loans now. but this is no joke. a college education is an investment. maybe the most important one you'll ever make. this week i had the honor of speaking to students at knox college, a private liberal arts college, in gailsburg, illinois. i told them there are four available workers for every job in this country. i said, look around you, look around you in that room. you got to beat out three of those classmates just to get hired. you still have a golden ticket. you're just going to have to work harder to get it punched. parents, i want to hear from you.
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are your kids coming out of college, are they prepared to enter the job market and fend for themselves? find us on facebook and twitter. bottomline. and catch me this afternoon with ali velshi, see why some democrats are saying debt problem, what debt problem? "cnn saturday morning" with randi kaye continues right now. so help you god? >> so help me god. >> good morning, everyone, and welcome to this special edition of "cnn saturday morning," it's saturday, january 19, i'm randi kaye coming to you from the national mall in washington, d.c., as we gear up for the annual inauguration.
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all morning we'll have preparations for the big day and the biggest challenges facing president obama in his second term. today is the national day of service. it was founded as a day to celebrate dr. martin luther king jr. and to promote volunteerism. coming up later this hour, we'll tag along with vice president joe biden and jill biden on their event. and next hour, we'll see what the president and first lady are up to, as well. we have already been out here for hours this morning. but there is much more to come. we have reporters bringing you all the angles of the inauguration. our shannon travis is at the national day of service event where vice president biden is expected shortly. good morning to you. you're inside that big tent where organizers are meeting with the volunteers who will take part in today's communitywide events. do you know what we can expect the vice president to be tackling this morning? >> reporter: we can expect for the vice president to basically be joining in with this national call to service that hundreds of
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thousands potentially of other americans across the country will be participating in, as well. this is a call to action for all 50 states. again, organizers tell us that they have no firm number on how many people will be participating in these local communities. but that they will be fanning out all across the country. here where i am now, this is sort of a nerve center here in washington, d.c., where a lot of volunteers have gathered. the program is expected to kick off at any moment. it's going to feature chelsea clinton, obviously, the daughter of bill and hillary clinton, joe biden, who i spoke with a few minutes ago. he talked about the importance of this day. you know, randi, that this tradition was started in 2009 by president obama. and he hopes that future presidents will continue it. but going back to biden, i asked the vice president's son how his father is feeling going into his second swearing-in. take a listen. >> he's thrilled. i'm very -- i'm happy.
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he's looking forward to continuing to be the best vice president he could possibly be to president barack obama. he's doing a pretty good job, i think. both of them are. >> reporter: now as we mentioned again, volunteers are starting to stream in. there's seven key themes that they're stressing for this national day to action. a few center around education, honoring the nation's veterans, the environment, and another one is economic development. randi? >> shannon travis, thank you very much for the update from there. and now some news outside the beltway. notre dame linebacker manti t'eo spoke to espn last night. it's his first interviewer since he was swept up in the controversy over a fake online girlfriend. now in that interviewer, he denied having any part in the fake girlfriend story except being the victim of a cruel hoax. te'o spoke with espn off camera about the whole ordeal. >> i could say that in the entire 2 1/2 hours we spoke, he
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was completely composed, self-assured. he betrayed no nervousness. he had maybe full command of the story suggests that it's a story rather than the truth. but he -- he had a full command of everything that i posed. >> and of course te'o told a man that -- a man named ronaiah tuiasosopo admitted to being behind the hoax. he showed them a tweet supposedly an apology from ronaiah tuiasosopo. cnn hasn't confirmed the tweet or the man's involvement. we went to his home actually in california, but the person there would not comment. staying with sports now and scandals. in a two-part interviewer, lance armstrong opened up to oprah winfrey in a stunning and frank discussion about his years of doping while he was a member of the u.s. postal service cycling team. when asked why he decided to come clean after a decade of
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denials, he told oprah he did it for his 13-year-old son. >> when this all really started, i saw my son defending me and saying, "that's not true, what you're saying about my dad is not true." and it almost guess to the question of why now. he can't -- yeah. that's when i knew i had to tell him. >> a more defiant armstrong came through when he talked about his lifetime ban and his desire to
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return to racing. >> do i want to compete again? >> uh-huh. >> the answer's hell yes. i'm a competitor. it's what i've done my whole life. i love to train. i love to race, i love it tow the line. if i was -- and i don't expect it to happen. >> and of course twitter has been on fire all week with reactions to armstrong's confession. david walsh, the journalist who actually first raised questions about lance armstrong back in 1999, has been tweeting up a storm. one of his tweets reads, "oprah pressured him. the apology was, i thought, hesitantly promised. i didn't ask for it or expect it, but yes, if it's offered i accept." t.j. quinn of espn asked, "this is the emotion many were wanting to see. here's my question -- do you feel like you've finally seen the real guy?" and comedians had a field day. steve martin is now even inspired to fess up to cheating himself. he says, "i'm ready to go oprah to admit doping in 1968."
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for an in-depth look at the disgraced cyclist, watch "the world according to lance armstrong" here on cnn tonight at 10:00 p.m. eastern time. fast-moving developments to tell you about in an ongoing hostage crisis in algeria involving americans and other westerners. there are reports the algerian military has launched a final assault on islamist militants holding people captive at a besieged gas facility in the sahara desert. we're hearing there are casualties. let's get to cnn senior international correspondent dan rivers. he's in london to to see bring us the latest. good morning. what can you tell us then about the reports of this final assault? >> reporter: well, this is being carried out by algerian state-run television saying that seven further victims have been recovered and 11 militants. now it's really difficult to
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grasp the total number of hostages that have been killed so far. we're trying to put it together, but they probably include japanese, brits, malasians, possibly some norwegians and other nationalities. it's very difficult to know the final numbers. but adding up what we know it could be up to at least 32 missing and possibly up to 26 confirmed dead, although those numbers have been changing a lot. that gives you a sense of the scale of this anyway. among those, at least one american i'm afraid confirmed dead. six americans confirmed rescued, freed. and those details as i say, we're hoping to try and get more clarification in the coming hours. >> what is being said about this crisis there in britain? >> reporter: well, william hague, the british foreign
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secretary, has been chairing an emergency meeting again this morning. he's had to cut short a visit to australia to come back and deal with this crisis. he gave a comment to u.k. media just a short time ago. here's what he said -- >> as you'll recall on thursday, there were about 30 british nationals at risk. the prime minister explained yesterday that that number had been significantly reduced. as of now, there are fewer than ten british nationals at risk or unaccounted for. but that, of course, means that we must continue to prepare ourselves for bad news. >> reporter: in the last few minutes, we've had a comment from the french president, francois hollande. he says the operation is still underway, and he again confirmed hostages have been killed. so it's not over yet. >> yeah. it doesn't sound that way. and who claimed responsibility for the militant attack on the gas facility? what did they hope to gain out
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of this? >> reporter: well, it's been claimed that this group masked brig ad also known as the signers in blood are responsible, an attempt to put pressure on france to stop its military action in mali far to the south. we think that this group, the linchpin of this group is led by an algerian jihadist who's been wanted in algeria for many, many years. he used to fight the soviets in afghanistan and fought in the algerian civil war. he himself, we don't think, was at this facility. although he may well have been the mastermind behind it. dan rivers, appreciate your reporting there. thank you very much. well, with president obama about to begin his second term, many are wondering what his legacy will be. could it be his new push for tighter gun laws or perhaps something else? we'll talk about that.
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we've been taking a look -- ronald reagan's second inauguration remain the coldest on record, believe it or not, if you're keeping track. for that reason, they took it indoors. we'll be right back. >> i, ronald reagan, do solemnly swear -- >> i, ronald reagan, do solemnly swear -- >> that i will faithfully execute -- >> that i will faithfully executed -- >> the office of president of the united states. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability -- >> and will to the best of my ability -- >> preserve, protect, and defend -- >> preserve, protect, and defend -- >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy.
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and good morning to washington, d.c. inauguration prep's underway as the national day of service event is unfolding. live pictures there was ava longoria speaking now at that national day of service. a whole lot of celebrities here in washington. certainly trying to do their part to support the president and, of course, the national day of service which has become a tradition here. hundreds of thousands of people starting to descend on washington for president obama's second inauguration. and there are sure to be parties and celebrations the next couple of days. let's not forget the president faces some serious challenges in his second term. and one of the big issues topping the list -- the push for tougher gun laws, of course.
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i'm joined now by cnn contributor and editor-in-chief of, eric erickson and political analyst roland martin. >> hey! >> oh, boy. >> what's happening? >> eric, you -- >> where's your stetson, man? >> not happening. >> you didn't bring your hat. >> no. no, i didn't. >> the texas conservatives are not happy now, eric. >> he's already starting. >> i'm in georgia -- >> already starting, wow. all right, this week, obama proposed sweeping laws intended to reduce gun violence. we've talked about the ban on the sale of assault weapons, instituting a background check on all gun sales. so the obvious question i guess is -- will these measures work? roland, to you first. >> this is the fundamental problem we've talked about several times. this should not be a gun control conversation, this should be a gun violence conversation. if you only focus on guns, if you only focus on laws, you're not dealing with one of the issues. how many times have you heard mental illness brought up? how many times have you heard talk about the cuts when it comes to city, county, and state
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budgets? that's one of the issues, as well. how do you deal with the anger management of people out there who decide to say i'm packing so, therefore, i'm going to shoot you because i don't like what's going on? that to me -- this is a one-dimensional conversation. this is going -- this is going to be the death if you will of a real substantive plan. >> he's already shaking his head. >> i'm going agree with some of that. >> oh. >> i think it's worth pointing out that we had the assault weapons ban in the 1990s and most said it wasn't effective. columbine happened after the assault weapons ban. if we're not going to deal with the violence in cities, gang violence, handgun violence, only 300 people, i think, in 2011 were killed with rifles. you had 6,000 killed with handguns. no one's even talking about handguns. >> yeah. well, let's talk about this new cnn poll. we want to share it with the folks at home. just 46% of americans approve of how the president's handled gun policy. why just 46%? i mean, is something wrong with
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what obama has done? er erick? >> no, it's the struggle -- >> he's not going to let you go first. >> i'm used to it. >> it's the struggle between folks who say i should have the right to have a gun as opposed to what kind of measures you want to put in place and also how it's being framed. that's the whole deal. i'm either going to take my weapon or keep it. it's more nuanced than that. >> yeah. >> see, it is more nuanced. look, just don't -- i'm not in favor of guesting rid of handguns, but it is a relative part of the conversation people are having. people understand that the proposals that have been made thus far, they're not going to do any good. this desire to just do something doesn't necessarily make for effective policy. >> i will say this, though -- what is being proposed is not the be all to end all. i do believe that you can have pieces, certain things that you can do to deal with the problem because it's much more holistic. the problem is when it is framed as, oh, this is going to be the answer. there's no such thing as the one
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answer. we must somehow accept that. that's part of the deal, as well, thinking, oh, this is one thing that's going to fix everything. it's not. >> but can any real changes be made? >> i actually don't think so. when you look at the democrats up for re-election in the senate, many are from southern states, pro-gun states. there's very little common ground when you're dealing with the right in the constitution. >> this is the problem here when you put politics in it, you have too many people worried about getting re-elected as opposed to worrying about the 10,000-plus folks killed every year when it comes to gun violence. they should put lives ahead of their jobs. >> let me share another quote. "time" magazine/orc poll shows that 56% support a ban on semiautomatic weapons. that is down from 62% in december. if a poll was taken right now, what do you think -- what do you think that would be? >> oh, you know, i would be very interested to see it because of how you shape it. it's fascinating. we did a thing from our radio show, talking to people and showing pictures. they said, yeah, ban that gun. it was a shotgun, it just had a pistol grip. people didn't understand.
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the problem with the assault weapons ban has always been it's a spooky looking gun ban. some -- for example, the ar-15 -- >> they were never defined well. >> if you take one piece off of it, it's not under the assault weapons ban. >> again, that's one thing. i think we talk about resources, when you deal with what's happening with anger management among young people in, all across this country, being able to deal with them, that's also a contributing factor to many inner city gun deaths because folks are simply flying off the handle. again, that's a piece that's never part of the conversation because it's solely focused on the nra versus the president. >> what do you make of the huge jump in membership? up 250,000 in the last month alone to the nra. >> look, i think people are worried -- for example, in 2012 we had the aurora, colorado, shooting. the president's team didn't do a lot. the democrats didn't make a big deal out of it. unions ran flyers in swing states saying don't worry, the democrats don't want to take
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your guns. now this happened, there is a movement. people are like, uh-oh, what happened, they're nervous. >> all right. roland, you don't get the final word on this. sorry. >> oh, randi -- >> a first. >> oh, randi! look at you. >> you're wearing the hat. >> i'm not going to join the nra even though i got a texan-style hat. ain't going to happen. >> good to see you. good discussion. thank you. roland martin and erick erickson. inauguration prep is underway and so is the national day of service. we'll have more next. >> it is awesome to see so much enthusiasm in this room. it makes me even more excited and broward to be the honorary -- and proud to be the honorary chair of the national day of service. and this day in particular has a lot of personal meaning for me. i am proud of my parents. on of . on of . cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right.
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welcome back, everyone. we want to show you some live picture now of the national day of service event as we continue our special coverage of the inaugural address coming up here on monday. this is some video we just got in of the national day of service. we have beau biden speaking. this is a tradition in washington on inauguration weekend. eva longoria spoke earlier, chelsea clinton also took the stage. let's hear just a little bit of what chelsea had to say. >> what eva had to say and seeing the enthusiasm in this room, it makes me even more excited and proud to be the honorary chair of the national day of service.
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and this day in particular has a lot of personal meaning for me. i am proud of my parents for countless reasons. [ cheers and aplaplause ] >> i'm glad that you feel the say way. [ laughter ] >> but one of the reasons i'm particularly proud of my father today is that 19 years ago he signed the bill that made martin luther king day a national day of service. [ cheers and applause ] >> and when he signed the bill, he reminded us of what dr. king often called life's most persistent and urgent question. what are you doing for others? and in my family, the only wrong answer to that question is nothing. >> chelsea clinton there speaking at the national day of service. monday isn't just inauguration day. also happens to be martin luther king jr. day. and we'll hear from his daughter bernice and find out why she
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says president obama's second term is actually even more important than the first one. for 29-year-old pushp pushpa basnit, 2013 fleas begins on a high note. she was named cnn hero of the year for her work providing a home for children of incarcerated parents in nepal. i sat down with her after the big moment. how do you feel? you've just won. >> i think i'm dreaming. it's a big honor for me. i will never forget this night in my life. >> what was going through your mind when you were walking up on stage? >> we all are winners, definitely. i've seen my dream come true. thank you very much. i'm still -- definitely this is going to you out of the prison. you're coming to my place. [ applause ] ? >> this is for my children. thank you for everyone who believed in my dream. >> the kids call you -- >> mamu. >> what does that mean to you? >> it means a lot to me. the reality, i know i'm not the
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original mother. but i'm their so-called mother to give them a better life and better education. that's for sure. >> what was the inspiration? >> i'm really fortunate to be brought up in the family that i was. i had good parents. until now they give me everything. but there are some children, you know, whose parents have done mistakes and they are suffering. i said that i should give it to them. >> some of your kids were watching. what did you want to say to them? >> your mamu did. i'm sure you're proud of me whatever i'm doing. >> i'm proud of you, too. >> thank you, anderson. thank you. excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir.
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welcome back, everyone, to our special edition of "cnn saturday morning," i'm randi kaye coming to you live this morning from the national mall here in washington, d.c., as we look forward to the 57th presidential inauguration. president obama's second inaugural won't exactly have quite the historical glitter of the first one, but just as in 2009, the first family will be very busy this inaugural
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weekend. nearly a million people are expected for the swearing-in and the parade on monday. the activity has already gotten underway here. the president and vice president are taking part in a community volunteer project. by example, both urge americans to give their time today and join the national day of service. we've been showing you some of that event throughout the morning. later on today, michelle obama and jill biden host a concert for american military families and their children. president obama started the national day of service four years ago as a way to honor the spirit of dr. martin luther king jr.'s work. and our suzanne malveaux is at the national service event on the national mall. good morning to you. what have you seen there so far this morning? >> reporter: good morning. i guess i got a little lucky here. i was told i was going to be outdoors, but i'm inside this warm, beautiful tent. there are hundreds of people who are here gathered all to learn about community service. in this tent now, you might be
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hearing or even able to see if you've got a camera craned on the gospel great yolanda adams who's performing now. she's one of many of the superstars who have gathered here to call awareness to the importance of veering. now earl -- volunteering. now earlier we saw eva longoria. she talked about the need and her own foundation to give back to the latino community. we heard about giving back to military families. and then of course one of the co-chairs of this event, chelsea clinton, a lot of people got very excited about her. and she mentioned a couple of things. first of all, she said that she was so proud to be here because it was her father who was the one who actually signed the legislation, the bill that made mlk day a day of public service. a day to give back. she talked about her grandmother, dorothy, as well. somebody who in southern california was teaching farm workers how to speak english and how that community service was passed down through their family. so a lot of people here just
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looking to sign up to volunteer for organization s in their own communities and have a good time, randi, to take in the entertainment, the enthusiasm, and really looking forward to all the festivities of the weekend. >> yeah. great celebration, great reason to give back. suzanne, you know, last hour i had the opportunity to talk with clarence jones. he actually helped draft the "i have a dream" speech. we were talking about the significance of the fact that the president will be using one of dr. king's bibles at the inauguration. what does dr. king's family think, do you know? >> reporter: absolutely. so i had a chance to talk to bernice king, the youngest child of dr. king. and she was so proud. i mean, they have this bible that is in a case. it was taken out of that case. it is being transported to the first family to be used on monday. it is really an incredible source of pride for her and for the whole king family. we had a chance to talk about that, as well as a host of other issues about what it means to
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have the holiday, the celebration and inauguration day on the same day and the legacy of the obama administration moving forward. >> mrs. obama will be -- will have the bible and then, you know, pull it out for her husband to put his hand on. >> bernice king took her father's bible from the enclosed case at the king center to bring to the president. she showed us the worn pages and her father's handwritten notes from 1954. >> i'm sure this travelled with him as he left montgomery. that's on a monday date. he would leave on monday. >> reporter: yes. >> and fly back to boston. he was studying and meditating. >> reporter: bernice king says the president's second term perhaps is even more important than the first. >> there's a lot of pain, there's a lot of hurt. >> reporter: absolutely. >> we went through a lot of tragedy last year. a lot of political divisiveness. and it's just time for that healing and reconciliation. and daddy's, you know, work represented that. >> reporter: king says she
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believes president obama in trying to reunite the country is striking the right tone. >> he could have after the election said, how do you like me now? you know what i'm saying? it's hard. i mean, some people can be sore losers. that's just the reality. the president sets a tone in the nation. if nobody else does. i -- he's compassionate. and dr. king was compassionate. and he's committed to the next generation. >> reporter: so what does king's youngest think president obama should do next? >> right before he was assassinated, he was in memphis, tennessee, to bring attention to the work of the sanitation workers, those that were not receiving adequate wages and not being treated fairly. he was in the midst of planning this poor people's campaign. and i'd like to see more emphasis placed on poverty in our nation. >> reporter: king specifically singles out the african-american
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and latino communities. >> i know there's you can't alwa-- there's always been a concern about the african-american community not feeling, perhaps, that the issues related to our community have been addressed effectively. and i think there's some room for improvement in that regard. >> reporter: i asked her where gay rights is the next civil rights battle. >> i don't like to speak for him on issues that back then he didn't have an opportunity to speak on. then i'm injecting what he would do. i certainly think that my father -- first and foremost, he saw everybody as important, regardless of how you define yourself in whatever category you fit in, your person hood. and he felt that everybody deserves dignity and respect. >> reporter: king is encouraging folks to use her father's holiday and the inauguration as an occasion to serve. >> although we have come a long way, we still have to finish the work of dr. king.
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♪ >> reporter: one of the things that's going to happen is that her brother going to be here later today. martin luther king iii will join congresswoman tammy duckworth, an iraq war veteran, actress angela bassett, deejay mel. i don't know if you know deejay mel, he's going to bring the house down. folks excited about entertainment but about the idea of what this day means to them, giving back to their communities. it is something i think that a lot of people feel passionate about. and it is tied into the holiday, to the martin luther king holiday day of service. so you're going to see a lot of that throughout the weekend on the mall today, sunday, and spilling interest monday, as well. >> yeah. that was a great interviewer, by the way. i got chills just seeing his handwritten notes, dr. king's handwritten notes inside his bible. that was something to see. thank you very much -- >> reporter: it was unbelievable. sure.
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>> thank you very much. >> reporter: appreciate it. thank you. well, in about an hour from now, president obama will attend the national day of service events. so be sure to stay with us. we'll bring it to you live here. coming up, we're expecting huge crowds here for the inauguration. so how hard is it to find a place to stay? guess what, we made some calls. we'll show you just how that went. anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'. progress-oh! [ female announcer ] with 40 delicious progresso soups at 100 calories or less, there are plenty of reasons people are saying "progress-oh!" share your progress-oh! story on facebook.
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some breaking news for you this morning. big news certainly in this area where we are in the washington/baltimore area. the major league baseball is reporting that baseball hall of famer earl weaver has died. the long-time baltimore orioles manager was on a cruise in the caribbean apparently when he collapsed. he went to the world series four times during his career with the os. earl weaver was 82 years old. let's update you on the ongoing hostage crisis in the algerian desert. algerian radio reporting the country's military has launched a final assault on a remote gas facility where islamic militants and an unknown number of
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hostages have been holed up for four days. it says seven hostages and 11 militants have been killed. cnn has not independently confirmed that. the militants attacked the facility on wednesday, taking hundreds of people captive. about 650 managed to escape in the wake of another military operation on thursday. but one american and 11 other hostages were killed. the entire city of washington, d.c., is getting ready for the big fiesta. the free tickets to the inauguration are going for as much as $7,500 apiece on line. yes, i did see free tickets going for thousands of dollars. and also in high demand, of course, hotel rooms. so we had our nadia bilchik check in with some of the best hotels around the city to try and find a room. making inquiries about room rates. i'm wondering how much a hotel room will be for sunday night. the night before the
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inauguration. oh, a three-night minimum stay. how much is that per night? $1,532 per night. so that's a three-night minimum. $5,262 for the three nights, but it would have to be a three-night minimum. overlooking pennsylvania avenue, yes. how much would that be? $1,165 a night. the grand total, $5,719. i'm wondering if i could speak to reservations, please, i'm looking for this sunday. the 19th through the 22nd. what would that be per night? $999 a night. so that's a minimum stay of $999 a night. this sunday the night before the inauguration. i wondered if you had any room lefts -- rooms left. a four-night minimum, king size, $1,145 a night. if one were to upgrade, a
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premier suite, junior suite? i'm curious to know how much it's going for. the royal sweet, $20,000 a night four-night minimum. has that been booked for the inauguration? it has been booked. thank you very much. >> $20,000 for onity e ity inig hotel. she's dazzled us in this gown. what will she wear to this year's inaugural ball? everybody wants to know. a look at michelle obama's fashion through the years. what do we want to build next ? that's the question. every day. when you have the most advanced tools, you want to make something with them. something that helps. helps safeguard our shores. helps someone see through a wall of fire. helps those nowhere near the right doctor stand a chance. ... feeling in the extremities ? no.
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welcome back to our special edition of "cnn saturday morning." i'm randi kaye. glad you're with us. first lady michelle obama is a champion of healthy eating, a tireless advocate for exercise, and a baroness of fashion. who better to talk about that than fashion photographer nigel barker. you may know him when he was a judge on "america's next top model." now he's the host of "the face," premiering february 12 at 9:00 p.m. on oxygen. nice to see you. thanks for being here. >> thank you very much. good morning. >> so let's talk fashion, shall we? i wanted to ask what you think
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about michelle obama's fashions overall. and they've certainly changed throughout the first term. >> they did. you know, she is the first lady of fashion. i mean, let's face it, there haven't been that many first ladies who have taken fashion that seriously. we have the nancy reagans known for her red and jacqueline kennedy who defined an era. and michelle obama is such a modern lady. she's taken fashion by the reins and worn it unabashedly and shown that, you know, you can really make a fashion statement and -- at the same time be taken seriously. i think that's a very powerful and empowering take on fashion. >> yeah. she's not afraid of fashion, is she? she's certainly not afraid to take any risk. >> color, stripes, she loves to, you know, mix it up. she'll -- she's been called the mix and match master because she's take high fashion and mix it with high street browns. that's very accessible. she's known for her
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accessibility which i think is obviously great as a member of the public. you can watch your first lady and then go out and buy her look the next day on line if you want. and wear exactly what she's wearing which is genius. >> as we're talking here, we're looking at these incredible pictures of her wearing that jason wu gown from the first inauguration. >> of course. >> night here in '09. what about her ball gown designer? any ideas on who she might be wearing this time around? >> well, you know, she made such a statement with that gown. i mean, to wear white certainly at that time of year, the bear shoulders. it was startling and, of course, put jason wu on the map. and -- but the economy, we've had a tough four years. and she's known for wearing her fashions over and over again. i wonder whether she'll make a fashion statement and wear a dress she's already worn. >> now that would be a big statement because she certainly hasn't been afraid to do that before. >> exactly. >> let me ask you about something from back from 2008. she wore this lemongrass-colored
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outfit designed by a cuban american designer actually, isabelle toledo. was that a good choice do you think? is that a good dress for her? >> you know, it was funny because a lot of people had a lot to say about there particular outfit. you know, it was her first term as first lady, as well. and you're out making a statement. now, it was both conservative, yet the color was a little different. you know, it's not necessarily everybody's cup of tea. but the point is, she liked it. and i think that was the statement there, that she was saying, i'm going to be wearing what i like to wear. what i'm comfortable in. and that's what it's about. fashion is about making a style statement that says "i'm in control here, i'm in power." that's a very empowering thing to do. she's done that and done it the whole way through her whole -- the whole last term. of course, she's also -- her look over the past four years has also changed slightly. and she's got rid of all those accessories and sort of slimmed her whole look down. i think actually she's more
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serious now in this next -- i think you'll see a more serious look going through the next term. >> well, she certainly can pull off all kinds of looks, no question about. that nigel barker, nice to see you, thank you very much. >> a pleasure. thank you very much. all right. forget the pomp and the pageantry. we're about to talk inauguration food. yes, food. that will be served at an event tonight. so stick around for the menu straight from one of the inauguration ball chefs whom you just might recognize. miss montana surrounded by more than 50 other beauty queens on stage. all hoping to become miss america. for most of her early life, alexis wineman spent her time alone. >> i was very quiet because i couldn't say anything right. i was picked on for the way i spoke. i really didn't have any friends. >> reporter: her parents knew there was something wrong, but their small town of cutbank, montana, didn't have the
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resources to figure out what it was. at age 11, after years and years of searching for answers, a doctor finally put a name to her condition -- pervasive development disorder. a mild form of autism. typically children with autism are very intelligent. but very quiet. socially awkward, and they don't respond appropriately to interactions with other people. typically they don't end up becoming beauty queens either. but wineman says one day she simply decided not to let her condition define her. >> i longed to really accept myself and my autism. and i realized that my autism isn't what defines me. i define what is autism. >> she entered the miss montana pageants as a way to prove to herself she could do anything she set her mind to. >> i fell in love with the program. good thing, too, because i won. i wasn't expecting to win, but it's funny how things work out sometimes. >> reporter: that win put her on the national stage in las vegas. >> miss montana! alexis wineman! >> wineman made it as far as the
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top 15 and won the america's choice award for garnering the most online votes. she says the whole experience has been an amazing ride. >> it's been a challenge, but i've enjoyed it immensely. there are times when i do feel a bit overwhelmed, but those are going to happen in life anyway, whether you're going to be in miss america or not. so i'm willing to take all of that on. >> dr. sanjay gupta. ♪ if loving you is wrong ♪ i don't wanna be right [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you. it just tastes that way. [ female announcer ] honey nut cheerios cereal -- heart-healthy, whole grain oats.
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welcome back everyone to our special coverage this morning. there you have it. a live look at the washington monument where inauguration preps are already underway. as we swing out wide, you see our cnn set here on the national mall. we've talked about inaugural fashion, crowds, transportation, and of course the next four years. and now one of my favorites, time to talk about food. award-winning chefs art smith
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and wes morton of art and soul are hosting the inaugural chefs ball with five other celebrity chefs all for charity. a great cause. you may recognize art smith from his appearances as a guest judge on bravo's "top chef" or as a contestant on "top chef masters." >> what to see me what makes food what it is, it's your own personal experience. your interpretation, your inspiration. >> this is ty art smith inspired. >> i'm a southern american chef, okay, that is who i am. one of the things i learn sudden you've got to be true to yourself. i i'm not a thai chef and i'm not going to be a thai chef in four hours. >> how are you? >> he's cracking himself up over here. award-winning executive chef and co-owner of five restaurants, arts smith. good morning. you think you're pretty funny, don't you? >> i was -- i am a southern fried chicken chef. i'm telling ump. >> i know. what i love what you said, that you wanted to bring a little soul to the hill here. that's what you did. >> we sure did. thank you, be president barack
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obama, and four more years! more fried chicken for everybody. >> of course we're talking about your restaurant art and soul here close to capitol hill. let's talk about your event tonight. the chefs ball. tell me briefly about that. >> what's wonderful about this occasion was -- and in harmony and celebration and philosophy with the first family is bringing chefs together for one wonderful common thread. that chefs can do great things. each chef is cooking their hearts out for something they believe in. maybe it would be the cambodian children's fund or it's the jane spirit foundation or it's common threads which is our kids after-school cooking program. but what's wonderful is that we come together in unity and that the fact that food has the ability to do such great things. and it was just an idea, okay, let's have a chef ball. well, after it sold out twice -- >> you knew it was a good idea. >> it really was. and so -- let's face it, you know, at 11:00 at night, you get hungry. >> no kidding. what makes a memorable dish at a
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chefs ball or anywhere else? >> i think what makes a memorable dish is, one, it has to taste good. and two, you know, it got to have a good story. when you have these wonderful chefs there and, you know, you've got, you know, isabella, who's a wonderful, wonderful chef. and todd gray who i worked closely with with the first lady's program, i mean, they'll have these amazing stories. and people know their stories and it's -- it makes it taste that much better. >> yeah. speaking of cooking, you actually -- you've cooked for the president. >> yes. many times. >> what have you made? what does he like? >> well, you know, we only are a block and a half away from each other in hyde park -- >> chicago. >> yes, exactly. being -- >> you don't sound like you're from chicago. >> honey child, i am -- i'm not from chicago. i'm from jasper, florida. but they claim me, too. but you know, he loves fish. you know, and particularly hawaii and everything. you know, we do a lot of fish for him. they do love dessert. i was funny. you know, you lived in atlanta and stuff.
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i recently cooked for the first lady. and i brought that -- did you know they're making olive oil in south georgia? >> no. >> it is fabulous. >> you brought it back -- >> i made a breakfast for the first lady with the olive oil and used that and some wonderful grits that were just amazing. >> really? >> yeah. it was great. >> your event tonight, the chefs ball, is sold out. folks can still go to your restaurant, right? >> they -- honey, we are open. we're open just until the last guest and then we start with the party. and tomorrow we're just -- we're going to be really busy. the last time we worked -- clearly about 48 hours. >> what was it like last time? just mobs of people? >> just mobs and mobs of people. >> yeah. >> it was fun. oprah was in the house. she did her show. and jon bon jovi. tonight, gayle king is here -- and my husband and i got married at the memorial. >> congratulations. >> i'm focus good. that and jesse tyler ferguson
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tied the knot -- everybody's going to be sporting bow ties. i said why scream in the street, be smarts and fabulous. >> yeah. and you gave away your ticket for monday which i thought was nice. >> honey, i'm going to be -- >> you were so busy -- >> no. i feel lime i've had wonderful opportunities, and i want to be in the restaurant. there will be a lot of people watching in the restaurant. i want them to feel loved and appreciated. and i love -- i'm much more happy kind of like kissing babies and do my thing and cooking. >> i'd love to have you back again so you can call me honey child a few more times. i like it. >> it was such a pleasure. thank you very much. >> i'll be coming to your restaurant this weekend. thanks, art smith, great to have you here. we have much more ahead in the next hour of cnn "saturday morning" which starts right now. from the national mall in washington, this is "cnn saturday morning," everyone. it is saturday, january 19, good morning. so glad you're with us.
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i'm randi kaye. it's inauguration weekend here in the nation's capital. parades and concerts and, of course, religious services, as well. leading up to the main event, president obama's inauguration ceremony. we'll bring you all the festivities live. lance armstrong opens up about the fallout from his lies over doping. the cyclist reveals how corporate sponsors reacted after realizing the level of his deceit. plus, football star manti t'eo speaks out for the first time about the bizarre hoax involving his online girlfriend who apparently never existed. we are learning much more this morning about the strange case of manti t'eo and his imaginary girlfriend. the former notre dame linebacker has finally broken his silence about it. te'o spoke off camera with espn saying that he was a victim and had no role at all in creating the hoax. susan kand yachty is at notre dame in -- candiotti is at notre dame in indiana following this
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story. what is te'o saying now? you have new information? >> reporter: it is quite the story, as you fight. again, manti t'eo saying that he was the victim in all of this. that he was taken in by a woman's voice. a woman that he came to know and who he believed was real, even though he never met her. a hoax so elaborate, he told espn off camera, that he even believed this were members of her family that he was speaking with, as well. and in fact he said that even though he got a phone call back on december 6 from the same apparent woman that he thought he knee claiming that she wasn't dead after all, he said she still didn't believe -- he said he stint didn't believe it until he got a phone call on wednesday of this week by a name by the name of ronaiah tuiasosopo who told him that he was the alleged mastermind. that he was the homester. in fact, he even sent him a direct message on twitter saying the same thing. that is what he said it was believed to have sunk in. now cnn has also learned the
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following new information -- according to a source familiar with the matter, the three names that taye so talking about including this ronaiah tuiasosopo and two other people were names that were uncovered when te'o told his story to investigators here at notre dame. there was an online investigation that went on. that investigative report was turned over to te'o's family back on january 4. and they were told by the university to do with it as they wished. so that is some new information. two quotes from the espn interviewer. according to te'o, "two guys and a girl are responsible for the whole thing." and then he added, "i even knew that it was crazy that i was with somebody that i didn't meet. and that alone people find out that this girl who died, i was so invested in, and i didn't meet her, as well." so he acknowledged that, of course, this whole smart humiliating for him -- matter is humiliating for him, but he's going to try it move on.
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without doonan nodoing an on-c interviewer it's unclear if he'll be able to move on. >> yeah. thank you very much. disgraced cyclist lance armstrong revealed more painful details about his years of doping and being found out. here in part two of his interviewer with oprah winfrey he talks about losing $75 million in weekend doermts prin endorsements practically overnight. >> terrible. >> do you feel disgraced? >> of course. but i also feel humbled. i feel ashamed. >> uh-huh. >> yeah. this is ugly stuff. nike called, and this isn't the most humbling moment. i'm going to get to that.
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and they said basically, cliff's notes here, that they're out. okay. and then the calls started coming. trek, anheuser-busch -- just on -- >> the same day, same couple of days? >> yeah. couple days. everybody out. >> armstrong is estimated to be worth about $100 million right now. but he could go broke as lawsuits pile up. more on that coming up in just about 20 minutes from now. and here in washington, crowds are already gathering for what is going to be an action-packed inauguration weekend. the president's public swearing-in and inaugural speech happening on monday. the festivities, you see there, already underway. big crowds gathering behind our cnn set here on the national
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mall. dan lothian is here. he's covering the events. and dan, i guess you can hear all the hoopla behind us. >> that's exciting. >> as well. it's getting pretty exciting here for sure. >> that's right. >> president obama, though, he's going to tie a record of -- come monday. he's going to tie franklin d. roosevelt's record of getting two double swearing-in ceremonies. >> in 2009, the swearing-in, justice roberts was giving the oath. the public one. they stepped on each other. and then there was one word, faithfully, that was moved out of place. there was some talk as to whether or not it was legitimate. and i know at the time we asked the white house whether they would repeat it. they said no. but in fact they did. there was a second oath that was administered. it was private. it was at the white house -- >> want to get it right. >> that's right. this time it's a different issue. according to the constitution, the oath has to be administered just before noon on the 20th. well, the inauguration doesn't typically take place on a sunday. they will have a private
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ceremony on sunday with just some family members in the blue room at the white house. then on monday you'll have the sort of official public oath administered. >> yeah. ive found interesting reading in the research preparing for this weekend that an inaugural speech is not a requirement. but presidents do it. >> right. that's right. >> what do you think president obama will hit on in terms of themes for monday? >> well, we expect that the president will talk about some of his accomplishments but will make the point that there's still big challenges out there. there's still a long way to go. and engage the public -- you've seen this already with some of the igissues that the white house has -- big issues that the white house has been dealing with. they bring the public into the process to help put pressure on congress or to sell it to the nation. so we can expect the president to say, look, the public needs to be involved in order to put pressure on congress so we can move some of the agenda forward. >> it's going to be a very interesting speech, interesting day, as well. >> exactly. >> dan lothian, nice to see you again. thank you. former president george w.
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bush was invited to the obama inauguration. but it turns out he can't make it. neither can his father, george h.w. bush. both attended the first inauguration. the elder bush is recovering from a month-long hospital stay due to bronchitis. and he's still getting physical therapy, as well. a spokesman for bush 43 says the former president and his wife, laura, wish the obamas "all the best for a wonderful inaugural weekend." overseas now to algeria. seven hostages and 11 kidnappers are reported dead this morning as a hostage crisis enters its fourth day. algerian special forces have been trying to secure the release of an unknown number of people including americans all being held at this gas plant by an al qaeda-linked terror group. algerian state tv says the gunman had been planning to take the hostages to mali. senior international correspondent dan rivers is live in london. dan, so far at least one american is dead. six have escaped or been freed.
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what do we know about the other americans being held? >> reporter: i'm afraid we know very little. but in the last few minutes, we've had confirmation from two different sources that the hostage standoff is now over at both the british defense secretary phillip hammond saying that it has been brought to an end with a further loss of life. and also the norwegian government ministry of foreign affairs confirming that the military operation is over in algeria. we may be begin to get clarity finally now after four days, as you say, of really wildly conflicting numbers on the number of hostages taken, on the number that may have been killed, on the number of terrorists that were involved. final at the seems that algerian special forces have regained control of that facility, killing the remaining hostage -- terrorists but with a number of hostages being killed in the fire-fight. >> and dan, do you have any details on how some of these survivors and hostages were able to escape? and what kind of condition they
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were in? >> reporter: amazing stories of how they evaded the terrorists. some hid in the ceiling area. some hid under their beds. some of them, you know, ran for their lives as the terrorists tried to make a break for it in vehicles that were then attacked by helicopter gunships. and one miraculous survivor, an irishman, steven mcfall, happened to be in the one vehicle that wasn't shot up by the helicopter. he escaped even though he was bound and gagged and had plastic explosives around his neck. you can imagine just how terrifying this has been for some of those hostages involved. >> wow. that's amazing. plastic explosives trapped to them. what do those heading this operation want? what are they looking for? >> reporter: well, they said to a mauritanian news agency that they were calling for the withdrawal of french troops to
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mal mali to the south. they had tried unsuccessfully to regain the control in mali, taken over by extremists. they wanted to deny them that territory. fears among western intelligence agencies that this could be another afghanistan or europe's doorstep, if we can bill it like that, a terrorist state where terrorist training camps could be allowed to flourissue which could have a direct -- flourish which could have a direct impact. not that far away, three or four hours' flying time. >> appreciate the update. president obama as we've been talking about will start his second term on monday. and we will take a look at what to expect, what you can expect in the next four years. ass customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts.
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welcome back, everyone, to "cnn saturday morning." here in washington, crowds are already gathering for what is going to be an action-packed inauguration weekend. the president's public swearing-in and inaugural speech take place monday. the festivities certainly well underway here on the mall. you see the crowds are gathering there. suzanne malveaux is covering some of the events. sthooes nation she's at the national day of service. what's going on there? >> reporter: randi, you know, there are a lot of people here, as well. i would say about, i'd say hundreds of people inside of this tent. they're very excited about giving back to their communities. this is where you can learn a lot from different organizations about how you can volunteer. they've got real superstars that
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have gathered throughout the morning. there will be more later on this afternoon to really bring attention to attract folks here. so far we have seen beau biden, the vice president's son. he talked about the need to give back to veterans' families. eva longoria was here earlier talking about the need for the latino community and some of the passions that she has. but one of the highlights of the day is the daughter of former president bill clinton, chelsea clinton. she was very proud of her family and what her family has done when it comes to serving in the government, serving the public. she created quite a stir, a lot of people very excited that she was here. i want to play just a little of what we heard from her earlier this morning when she really kind of revved this whole thing up in this day of service. take a listen. >> one of the reasons i'm particularly proud of my father today is that 19 years ago he signed the bill that made martin luther king day a national day of service.
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and when he signed the bill, he reminded us of what dr. king often called life's most persistent and urgent question -- what are you doing for others. and in my family, the only wrong answer to that question is nothing. >> reporter: nothing at all. she also talked about her grandmother. she said she used to teach farmer workers english in southern california. she also got that history passed along to her. of course, her mother, secretary of state, we all know the clinton story. we just saw chelsea clinton. she was actually signing some cards for some kids in homeless shelters and foster care that are going to be delivered later this afternoon. and randi, i have to say, we have a special guest. we saw her earlier. now she joins us live here. she needs no introduction. goss tepel great yolanda adams. i have to say i feel
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underdressed. this is a gorgeous outfit. they told me i was going to be joust doors. it's beautiful. you save three different songs. this is second nature to you. you and your family so much a part of community service. tell us what you hope to give, what you hope to tell people today through your words and your songs. >> well, all of my songs are inspirational. so i hope to inspire people to get out of their comfort zones and just give a little. you know, most of the time, all people want is your time because, you know, if you don't have the time, you can give your money, that's good. but most of the time people need a human heart or hand to really understand their plight. and that's what we want to do with this national day of service. i am so glad that i group in a home where service was important. you know, my mom, a teacher, my dad, a coach, you know. just wonderful in the community. community service-oriented people. and so it's in the dna so we try to do whatever we can when we can. >> reporter: you know, it's not in everyone's dna. some people need a push.
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it's interesting. you were part of this from the beginning, you know the obamas personally. and you were cold. you were chilly in ohio. you spent time out there on the campaign trail, yes? >> spent a lot of time on the campaign trail. all people want is to be heard. they want their voices heard. listen to what i need to say to you at this moment. i'm hurting. i need a hand. i need help. you know, not like we're just writing a check to give you a hand. we want to show you how to keep it moving forward. and that's what this day really is about. >> reporter: you have a foundation, voice of an angel. i want to use that angelic voice. give us a couple of bars, if you will, to inspire us moving forward in this day. >> well, since it's about service, i want people not to give up. so -- ♪ never give up on you never ♪ >> reporter: love. thank you. >> thanks for having me. i appreciate it. >> reporter: my pleasure. randi, you heard from the best. just take that message with you. it's something they'll be promoting throughout the day and weekend. >> reporter: i'm going carry
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that tune with me all day. suzanne, thank you very much. appreciate you bringing us that. well, of course we're here in washington because americans are gearing up for the presidential inauguration on monday. president obama will be the 17th to join the exclusive club of two-term presidents. joining the ranks of washington, jefferson, lincoln, and roosevelt. cnn has more -- ryan, good morning to you. >> you're not going ask me to sing, are you? >> sing a few bars. make your kids proud. come on. let's talk about the next four years. what can we expect to hear from the president in his inaugural address on monday? >> well, if you think back to the last two inaugural addresses for second-term president, bush and clinton or clinton and bush, they both used it to sort of lay out one big theme, right? not to lay out a specific partisan agenda. that comes later in the state of the union. now lay out a big theme. the clintons -- famous line from clinton's second inaugural, maybe not that famous because most people don't remember these
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things, but we need to be repairers of the breach. it was about calling for unity. george w. bush in his second inaugural talked about ending tyranny in the world. big thematic goal, not a narrow partisan agenda. so the question is, what will obama -- what will be the big theme of this? most inaugurals have the theme of unity. that's always been something that obama has talked about. >> something inspirational. >> something inspirational. a call to bring politicians together. you can almost guarantee that that will be a part of it. >> speaking of unity, how do you expect the president in his second term -- he's coming out more aggressive. >> yeah. >> how do you expect him to did with congress? he has a lot of big, heavy legislation that he's talking about, guns and -- and of course the debt ceiling. all kinds of stuff going on. >> you know, it's an unusual thing. we had an election, and then immediately we had some fierce partisan combat because of the fiscal cliff deadlines. usually you have a period where everyone kind of goes home after the election, then they come back in january. we didn't have that.
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so things are hot right now in washington. and, you know, frankly, the lesson of the december congressional session does not give one a lot of optimism going forward. it's going to be hand-to-hand combat where stuff only gets passed under when there's intense pressure either because of a deadline or because one of the two parties is embarrassed ton act. that's basically what happened in the lame duck session. republicans finally pushed through that fiscal cliff bill because they were scared of the consequences if they didn't. >> yeah. we have some noise going on here. we apologize for that noise taking place here. >> not singing. >> no. there we go. probably a lot of testing and things going on here on the mall. we can continue our conversation as long as the folks at home can hear us. gun laws in the second amendment, certainly also a very big deal for the president. will he be able, do you think, to keep his promise to push this through? >> it's going to be tough. this is an issue that divides not just -- well, an issue that has opposition not just from
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republicans who right now you don't see a lot of republicans calling for unity with obama on gun legislation. but plenty of democrats from conservative states or conservative congressional districts who have so far been lukewarm to these proposals, including the majority leader in the senate, harry reid. this may be a fight that just gets started this year. and is something that he needs to -- he needs to keep pushing for. there's a reason that democrats haven't pushed gun control legislation in a really, really long time. now, some people say the politics of this has changed because of -- especially because of newtown. but not an easy issue to get through. >> yeah. another tough issue might be immigration reform. certainly a lot of latinos who voted for the president, 71%. he got that vote. they're expecting big reform and a lot to be done on their part. do you see that happening? i mean, they want it done because it didn't happen the first term. they want it now. >> absolutely. and obama has promised that will be an immediate priority. there is some -- some potential
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for a compromise bill being fashioned in the u.s. senate. marco rubio who -- who's saying some things similar to what democrats are saying on immigration reform. you have people like john mccain who has a history of supporting immigration reform. so you can see some potential for a compromise between the senate and the white house. and then gets passed to the house where the politics are much trickier because it's controlled by republicans. but i think that's an area where, you know, if you had to -- if you were optimistic about one issue that got solved this year on the president's agenda, then immigration would be at the top of the list. not easy, but there's potential for compromise. >> ryan, last chance -- a little something for the viewers, a little sing, gospel? >> no. believe me, you don't want that. >> all right. another day, another time. thank you. nice to see you. >> nice to see you. now that lance armstrong has admitted to cheating, a lot of people want their money back. if they're successful, guess what, he might be left with nothing. overmany discounts to thine customers!
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welcome back, everyone, to the national mall here in washington. we want to get back to suzanne malveaux, she's covering events, certainly the national day of service which is a big event. the vice president will be there, the president will be there. we want to check back in with her again. she has another special guest. suzanne? >> reporter: hey. we came across the outgoing secretary of the interior, ken salazar, who's stepping down. he is resigning. he's joining us today. good to see you. i know there's a lot of excitement around this activity and day of national service. give us a sense of the
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president's cabinet, first of all. he's been criticized if you will for not opening it up and making it more diverse. you're stepping down. we see a lot of positions, defense, cia, chief of staff going to white men. what do you think the president needs to do to make his cabinet more diverse? >> i think people should not be premature in judging what the president will do. the reality is that president obama's cabinet and staff the first term was very diverse, and those are his values. that will derive his values as he assembles his team for a second term. i have no doubt that people will know that the president will use his values in people advising his the second term. it's all good. people should not be afraid. >> reporter: is there anybody you would recommend as someone who's diverse and competent in filling your shoes? >> you know, there are thousands of people out there who are highly qualified. the president is working through
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the list of some very wonderful people. i'm absolutely sure that we will have the very best of the brightest coming in not only to interior but to the other places where there are vacancies. the president's always been able to bring wonderful people around him. that's going to be true for the second term. >> reporter: don't want to give names yet? >> the president -- this is a -- these are very important decisions the president makes. and they are truly presidential decisions because these are the positions that run the government. you know, in my position, i run -- i have responsibility over 72,000 employees. 700 million acres in the united states. the future of energy, host of other things. it's important the president exercise his prerogative as he will to make sure that he appoint somebody that he's very comfortable with and that can do the job. i'm sure that will be somebody who is exceptional. >> reporter: you are very much known for your reaction to the bp oil spill. and the fact that there's some -- i guess perhaps on both sides
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who feel that it was middle of the road approach. some environmentalists who are frustrated. from some from industry who are frustrated. in terms of the tamping down on the drill, baby, drill idea, how do you respond to those who felt that there need to be more oil production, that close something of that down so that oil production is not the best way forward? >> you know, the president has implemented and been very effective in an all of the above energy strategy for the united states. and we are closer to energy security and energy independence than we have ever been in the country. the oil spill itself in the gulf was a test of whether or not we could live through that spill and stand up the government again. and today, the oil and natural gas coming from the gulf is at levels that are higher than they were before the oil spill. but because we have moved in with such a changed, reform agenda, we're doing it in a much safer way that protects the environment and protects people. we're on the right track. we've overcome many crises. we know there's work to be done in the four years ahead.
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but the energy equation for the united states of america is vital to our economic and job security here in the nation, as well as to our national security and environmental interests. so that will remain a priority interest for this president and for all of us as we continue to support the president in the next four years. >> reporter: ken, best of luck you to. i'm not used to seeing you in this attire. obviously are you more relaxed, ready it move to the next big thing. you told me you want to take care of your family. that's right? >> i have a chapter ahead of me, taking care of my family. i intend to do that. and we'll see what the future brings. but it's truly for me life is a joyful journey. and my joyful journey continues. >> all right. good to see you with the cap and everything hanging out. best of luck to you, ken. appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: okay, thanks again. ran randi, back to you. >> and tell ken that i'm a big fan of the c.u. bus, as well, as
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long as you have him there. i see the logo on his sweatshirt. that's great. all right. >> reporter: the -- >> the c.u. buffaloes. i see the logo on his shirt. >> reporter: yeah. >> there you go. >> i'm bison all over the place, you know? >> you bet. if, buffs. nice to see you. i'm a big fan of the team. >> thank you very much. >> all right. thank you very much to both of you. so the crowd in d.c., they're starting to gather for the inauguration. turns out it's going to be a lot smaller than what we saw in 2009. there are a lot of people who feel that they must, they absolutely must make the trip. and here's tom foreman with this morning's "american journey." >> reporter: all across the nation by planes, trains, and automobiles, the faithful are converging on the capitol. from georgia, maurice madden made the journey last time to see barack obama take the oath. now tell co-- now it will cost m
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about $3,000 and a couple of days vacation, but he's going again. >> i knew on the night that he was re-elected as president of the united states that i wanted to return to washington to be part of this celebration. >> the president-elect of the united states, barak h. obama. >> reporter: the last inauguration saw 1.8 million americans braving the freezing temperatures, the crushing crowds, to witness this quadrenial moment. year the crowds are not expected to be as big -- >> nice to see you again. >> reporter: but stuff enough to fill hotels like the historic willard where steve blum said he met seven presidents. >> i got a fist bump from obama. >> reporter: everyone has learned that the festivities are not really about any one person. >> what we celebrate is that we are the greatest democracy on this planet. and that we could have this transition of power, whether it be second term or whatever it be, like no other country can. >> you might not like the president, you might not like
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his politics, but he's the president. he's the only one we have. >> reporter: theodore roosevelt in 1905 was the first president to draw massive crowds. but in 1945, franklin roosevelt called off the big party when world war ii was raging. the story by douglas brinkley. >> that was an unusual year in 1945. most situations, even in a recession or we're in a foreign war, we still throw pretty big inaugurals. >> reporter: for maurice madden, it is mainly a big moment. >> i do believe that if i'm blessed to live to be an old man, i will be able to look back on all of this and say i know that i was a part of american history. and that really means a lot to me. >> reporter: a big part of his american journey. tom foreman, cnn, washington.
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increases the blood flow. and others will actually feed them beer within their feed because they believe that that actually makes the meat taste juicier. and this marbling, the fat you see running through the meat, is very important for flavor. this is usually a very social event, the korean barbecue. you'd have a big group of friends over work colleagues around you. and you'd also usually be sampling the local soju. this is a distilled liquor. it's quite similar in taste to something like vodka. but it is lunchtime, so i won't be partaking. one the meat's cooked, then you eat. there's a process to this, though. let me show you. first of all, you dip the meat into the red bean paste, put it on the lettuce leaf. you can add whatever you want. it's up to you. there's garlic, i'm going to have it raw, but you can have it cooked. salad, anything else you fancy, then you wrap it up just like you wrap up a parcel.
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in 1963, dr. martin luther king gave his historic "i have a dream" speech. the speech marked turning point in the civil rights movement. on monday, on the very day the country set aside to honor dr. king, mlk day, barack obama, america's first african-american president, will take the oath of office for the second time.
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i spoke with a close friend of dr. king's and a speechwriter who contributed to dr. king's speech. >> it brings back some memories of 50 years ago. the "i have a dream" speech, the march on washington, probably would not have occurred but for the demonstrations in birmingham, alabama. the key to understanding the history before the "i have a dream" speech and the march on washington is birmingham, alabama. that's what turned -- that's what elevated the conscience of the nation. it's almost -- i was thinking about, it was america seeing a -- seeing young african-american boys and girls being slammed up against the wall by fire hoses and bitten by police dogs. those who were participating in dr. king's effort to desegregate birmingham, alabama. that raised the question
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nationally as to what kind of country are we. and it -- and so what dr. king and other -- other people in the civil rights movement did in organizing the march was simply build upon the victories, the limited victories in birmingham, but wanted to come together to validate what had been achieved but also to raise the national conscience. i think of birmingham, alabama, very much like obama -- president obama's dealing with the question of gun violence and so forth. and it's because of dr. king, he raised the question to the nation. we are a nation better than this. >> that was right here on this mall. what is the timing -- what does the timing mean to you? certainly as we were speaking before we came out of the commercial break. dr. king would have turned 84 on monday. certainly some interesting
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timing here, as well. >> yeah. he was two years older than me. i just turned 82 the week before. what it really -- what it really means, the confluence of the commemoration of his 84th birthday and the president's second inaugural, i see the parallel between what brought dr. king to prominence in birmingham, alabama, in which he sought to raise the consciousness of the nation about the end of racial segregation and particularly against the background of all the things that happened in birmingham. remember, i mean, on the 15th of september, four little girls lost their lives in a bombing of the 16th street baptist church. you had -- you had violence -- >> right. >> you had fred shuttlesworth who was beaten so many times. the question that both happened in birmingham and is now happening tomorrow or whenever the -- of the inauguration occurs, it presents the question
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there will be plenty of outfits to watch out for at the inauguration. and in washington, d.c., you dress to impress. i spoke with fashion expert and pulitzer prize-winning fashion journalist. she's also a "washington post" contributor. she talked with me about the first lady's fashion and what she might wear at the inaugural ball. >> her clothes have been discussed with this kindfervor e reserve for celebrities, people walking down the red carpet. for the celebrity on their way to starbucks. and i think that when it translates to the first lady, there's fun with that. i think it also sort of drains away some of the more substantive things that she
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could represent for the fashion industry. >> i know you were a big fan of what she wore at the first inaugural ball. the jason wu dress. >> yes. >> what would you like to see her wear tonight? what do you expect her to wear? wear tonight or expect her to wear? top secret, of course. >> well, she told me but i'm not telling anyone. one of the things i loved was what it represented. i just thought the choice of this young immigrant designer with his own business who wasn't a big advertiser, who wasn't from this giant corporate structure, just spoke volumes about what the american fashion industry has become. the kind of businesses that are born there and nurtured by the industry. i think it shows to the american public that when you talk act small business owners that the fashion industry counts in that category, as well. and i think a lot of people dismiss it as sort of glammy,
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you know, smoke and mirrors kind of world. >> so if we're not talking about michelle obama's fashion, we're going to be talking about her bangs. the first lady got bangs. >> yes, she did. >> what do you think of it? is it a good look for her? do you think now that everyone -- or maybe not everyone but certainly a lot more women will be going out and getting -- is she going to start a new bangs trend, perhaps if. >> i'm going to give mamie eisenhower a little bit of credit because she did have these famous bangs. but i think the bangs look great. i don't read anything other into them other than it's been four years. she's going into a new chapter in her public life, so why not have a new hairdo? >> why not, right? she can pull it off. many believe, though, that michelle obama has this style and a real accessibility. she can wear anything from target to calvin to jason woo. but you once wrote again here -- >> my comments. >> always. avoiding a the appearance of
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queenly behavior is politically wise, but it does american culture no favors that the first lady tries so hard to be average that she winds up looking common. i think when she was wearing shorts. a fashion faux pas. >> and she was stepping off of air force one, and there are, like, mensa luting her. >> right. so that was not something that you think was appropriate. should she be more formal as a first lady? do you think she's managed to do that? >> you know, i think early on first ladies in general are sort of loathe to think of themselves as sort of removed from the average person. and i think they make an effort to sort of be normal. but the reality is as soon as you step into that bubble, every picture of yourself becomes part of the public record, you're no longer just normal. so i don't think that she -- you know, that they need to avoid being queenly, necessarily, but they do need to avoid that, but
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you live coverage of the inauguration preparations in washington. kate bolduan and john burman will be joining here in a few minutes with much more. but that is it for me today on "cnn saturday morning." i'm randi kaye. before we go, jim acosta has a story you haven't heard about the event and the man known as the voice of american presidential inaugurations. >> reporter: it's a tradition nearly as old as the nation itself. and while the inaugural parade might seem routine, it takes practice. that's why every four years, about one week before inauguration day comes rehearsal day. marching bands, members of the military and the secret service all descend on the parade route in washington to shepherd a mock presidential motorcade from the capitol to the white house. so you can see behind me this silver suburban, which is maybe
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two vehicles behind us, about a block behind us. that is the stand-in for the president's limo, and inside there is actually a stand-in for the president himself. but to truly appreciate this inaugural tradition, you have to get off of the parade route. >> this is bratman's man cave. >> reporter: and take a trip to the basement of charlie bratman. >> the 44th president of the united states, president barack obama. >> reporter: this spry 85-year-old washington broadcaster has served as the announcer of every inaugural parade since eisenhower in 1957. he's coming up on 15 in a row. and he's got a half-century of memories to go with all of his parade scripts. >> one of the things that i found out over the years is that the inaugural parade is an extension of the president's personality. >> ask not what america can do
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for you. >> reporter: with kennedy and reagan came hollywood celebri celebriti celebrities. that must have been something. >> as the announcer, i get a really big charge out of rubbing shoulders with famous people. so that's what happens. >> reporter: but obama, brotman says, is different. >> what he does, his selection is from the heart. he's bringing in high school bands, college bands that have never been in a parade much less a presidential inaugural parade. so he's making it possible for these kids to have a memory they'll remember forever. >> reporter: carter made his mark by being the first president to walk the pa p.a. raid route. must have been a shock for you. >> it was, indeed. >> reporter: reagan, brotman says, saved his second inaugural parade by moving it indoors, out of frigid temperature